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4. If anyone whatsoever opposes us in the fulfillment of God's commandments, even if it is our father or mother, we ought to regard him with hatred and loathing, lest we be told: 'He who loves father or mother or anyone else whatsoever more than Me is not worthy of Me' (cf Matt. 10:37).

5. Let us bind ourselves with all our strength to fulfill the Lord's commandments, lest we ourselves should be held by the unbreakable cords of our evil desires and soul-corrupting pleasures (cf. Prov, 5:22), and lest the sentence passed on the barren fig tree should be passed on us as well; 'Cut it down, so that it does not clutter up the ground' (Luke 13:7). For, as Christ says, whatever 'does not produce good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire' (Matt. 3:10).

6. He who gives himself to desires, and sensual pleasures and lives according to the world's way will quickly be caught in the nets of sin. And sin, when once committed, is like fire put to straw, a stone rolling downhill or a torrent eating away its banks. Such pleasures, then, bring complete perdition on him who embraces them.

 

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1. Since by God's grace we have renounced Satan and his works and have sworn allegiance to Christ, both at our baptism and now again through our profession as monks, let us keep His commandments. Not only does our double profession demand this of us, but it is also our natural duty, for since we were originally created by God as 'very good' (Gen. 1:31), we owe it to God to be such. Although sin entered us through our negligence and introduced into us what is contrary to nature, we have been reclaimed through God's great mercy, and renewed by the passion of Him who is dispassionate. We have been 'bought with a price' (1 Cor. 6:20), namely by the blood of Christ, and liberated from the ancient ancestral sin. If, then, we become righteous, this is nothing great; but to fall from righteousness is pitiable and deserves condemnation.

2. Just as a good act performed without genuine faith is quite dead and ineffective, so too faith alone without works of righteousness does not save us from eternal fire; for 'he who loves Me', says the Lord, 'will keep My commandments', (cf John 14:45, 23). If, then, we love the Lord and believe in Him, we shall exert ourselves to fulfill His commandments, so as to be granted eternal life. But how can we call ourselves faithful if we neglect to keep His ordinances, which all creation obeys, and if, although we have been honored above all creation, we are the only creatures who disobey the Creator and show ourselves ungrateful to our Benefactor?

3. When we keep Christ's commandments we do not benefit Him in any way, since He is in need of nothing and is the bestower of every blessing. It is ourselves that we benefit, since we win for ourselves eternal life and the enjoyment of ineffable blessings.

 

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The aim of The Art of Spiritual Life Study Group is to gain the art of spiritual life through the teaching of Holy Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov: The Field.

This study has already transformed many lives and we hope your life will be transformed too.

 

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The aim of The Art of Spiritual Life Study Group is to gain the art of spiritual life through the teaching of Holy Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov: The Field.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 291-293.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 289-291.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 288-289.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 287.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 247-248.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 246-247.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 245-246.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 243-244.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 242-243.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 241-242.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 236-241.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 234-235.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 232-234.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 232-234.

The aim of The Art of Spiritual Life Study Group is to gain the art of spiritual life through the teaching of Holy Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov: The Field.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 232.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 220-221.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 219-220.

The aim of The Art of Spiritual Life Study Group is to gain the art of spiritual life through the teaching of Holy Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov: The Field.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 216-218.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 214-216.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 214.

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Brianchaninov, Ignatius. Field: Cultivating Salvation - pg. 211 -213.

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